Microsoft caves in over Vista EULA

Microsoft caves in over Vista EULA

Summary: Good news for hardware enthusiasts who are going to be using Windows Vista. Microsoft has caved-in to pressure and changed the license terms.

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Good news for hardware enthusiasts who are going to be using Windows Vista.  Microsoft has caved-in to pressure and changed the license terms.  Here's the latest information from Microsoft:

In preparation for the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft recently published the retail license terms for the Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate SKUs of Windows Vista. After the terms were released, users responded with requests for more flexibility to the licensing terms with devices.

Today (11/2), Microsoft announced a change to the retail license terms for Windows Vista based on feedback from our customers and the community.  Specifically, the terms now read that “You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices.” [emphasis added]

Microsoft expects this change to give hardware enthusiasts the latitude to upgrade their PCs or reassign their license to a new PC, while still making clear our intentions to protect our software from piracy.

This does not affect OEM where no transfer of the license is allowed, but it does bring a greater level of flexibility to the retail license.

This is great news for hardware enthusiasts and those that buy their operating system separate to their PC, but I'm still going to be going through the new EULAs with a fine toothed comb to make sure that there are no other surprises waiting in there for us.

Topic: Windows

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  • Congrats to all watchdogs

    The squeaky wheel apparently does get the grease. Well done to all who made this into a major issue and scored a victory for the consumer.
    tic swayback
    • Made all those posts worthwhile

      I'm glad they changed their minds on this - it was a crazy move.

      One interesting thing to come from all the reporting that surrounded this issue is that I noticed that there are two kinds of Microsoft "watcher" - those who follow the party line and those that have the best interests of the consumer at heart. I'm proud to be in the latter category.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Consumer is king

        The thing to remember is that without consumers, Microsoft, or any other company, has nothing. No matter what power play they try to pull, no matter what they try to shove down your throat, they need you more than you need them.
        tic swayback
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    ahinkle
  • This week EULA vs Next weks EULA

    What is the point, M$ regularly changes the EULA to suite themselves. Buy the software under one condition and before you can do anything with the computer, with the first security patch or bugfix, the downgrade your EULA for you at the same time. Windows XP bought with out WGA, windows XP patches with WGA and service and support is specifcally excluded in the warranty.
    rtb
  • GREAT JOB Adrain

    man this is great.....Im going to start RE planning my upgrade that I trashed when I saw all the Vista problems with system Builders Im waiting for the R 600s G cards to hit then I will pony up for Vista :)

    Thanks for putting the blow torch on this problem
    ztexas2005@...